Gameschool: Outfoxed

Word has spread in the family – a perfect gift for us is always a game! Children learn so many fantastic things through games. Beyond just turn taking, patience and problem solving. You can target history, geography, math, critical thinking and more! Gameschooling itself it a huge movement in the homeschool community for good reason. One gift the kids received […]

A Folksong Dilemma

Pip and Liv’s curriculum has them learning a new hymn and folksong every month. I make a Spotify playlist out of their songs and we keep building it over the year. We’ve learned “Cockles and Mussels” and “Green Grass Grows All Around” before switching to Christmas music for November and December. But I continue to run into a dilemma. The […]

Forest School 2017: Day 3

As we pulled into the parking lot this week, Pip spotted his “guide” and shouted greetings to her as soon as he was free of his car seat. He was greeted with smiles and friendly greetings. As a mom, that means a lot! The teachers for our forest program prefer to be known as guides. They aren’t sitting them down […]

Gameschooling: Do you?

So ,what is Gameschooling? Gameschooling is teaching school subjects through game play – board games, card games, etc. So teaching geography through Ticket to Ride, colors through Candyland… you get the idea! Why would one Gameschool? Games teach so many fantastic skills and, if selected carefully, can teach great educational subjects at the same time! In addition to the obvious […]

Another day in nature

Today was day two of Forest School/Nature School (we use the terms interchangably). Some cute photos and takeaways. Liv is always so excited to arrive at Forest School! Especially when she also gets to wear brother’s hat. For science, they learned about butterflies and then disolved sugar into water to make sugar plates. We didn’t see any butterflies, but we […]

Forest School 2017: Day 1

I had learned about forest school via world wide web. I’d show videos to my husband and told him how much I wish we had one near us. It was pure chance that I found our local forest school! A mom had posted on a local homeschooling group about the activities she was enrolled in and asked what others were […]

A year ago

A year ago your heart rate dropped a few times and scared everyone… A year ago I’d been worrying about you for 6 days straight, in labor 4.5. A year ago I pushed for over 3 hours. And saw your beautiful dark hair…. A year ago I was wheeled back into surgery. A year ago I watched you “be born” […]

I’ve got you, babe… 

Pip was born in the main OR of a hospital in San Jose, California. It was sterile. It was cold. It was terrifying. I remember reading up on c-sections when we learned we had no other choice. One thing I read stuck with me – Pay attention to the details. Remember the little things. As they prepped me for surgery, […]

The first scare… 

Somehow both of our children have been able to give us a good scare before they were even a month old.  Confession: I doubted I had any “mommy sense” when Liam was first born. His delivery was emotionally difficult and left me feeling like I was “behind” most other moms. You know, the ones who got to see their baby […]